The most gentle light is soft light, and all cinematographers know and love LEE diffusion on their lights. It’s something we don’t put much thought in, I usually get LEE diffusions in three different strengths at my lighting rental place of choice, plus of course all the CTB and CTO that I need.
However I really wasn’t aware of the huge range of different diffusions that are available from LEE until I saw this video by director of photography Don McVey. He put a lot of time and effort in putting all the different LEE diffusions side-by-side in the same setting, clearly demonstrating the qualities of each on the same model. He used an Arri M8 as the light source.
Watch the video down below and head over to his blog post where he explains in detail how he performed the test.
This is the perfect overview and a great guide that can influence your decision for the right diffusion on your next shoot. It definitely will influence my choice of diffusion! For a perfect overview gallery, head over to Don’s blog to see stills of each filter in use. Some of the effects are extremely beautiful for skin tones and gradation and can hardly be mimicked in post production.